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In Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living Sleeping at the Starlite Motel and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home and Quite a Year for Plums author Bailey White offers readers an inviting refuge from our increasingly fast-paced society Using humor White transports the reader to the rural South where the setting the way of life and the characters the reader meets contrast strikingly with life in the typical Northern cityBailey Whites South has a warm and hospitable atmosphere a pleasant alternative to cold bustling Northern metropolitan centers As a cousin of the Whites puts it when she calls from Philadelphia to announce shell be visiting overnight Ive heard so much about Southern hospitality Now I will be able to experience it for myself Mama 48The language in Bailey Whites writings also delights especially her characters manner of speaking which contains many curious Southern expressions My friends certainly would not say persnickety Sleeping 125 doodlebugs Sleeping 9 junkets Mama 60 describe a club as a tough juke joint Mama 3 or say She sho aint gon ride no ferry here Mama 62Located in South Georgia in the backwoods Whites characters are allowed to do what they please without judgment from neighboring yuppies glaring down from their balconies The village is a place where they are kind to one another and indulgent of eccentricities Publishers Weekly 30 March 1998 The result is endearing true stories about rural South Georgia Publishers Weekly 1 March 1993 on subjects as quirky as bathtubs and Porsches on porches backyard camping and road-kill suppers After remodeling their bathroom Bailey and Mama find that their bathtub wont fit in it anymore Instead of installing a shower they leave the bathtub on the porch Bailey explains that with the midsummers afternoon breeze blowing through the high pine woods and the fragrance of the lilies its a lovely spot for a leisurely bath Mama 25 Joining the bathtub on
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